January 25th, 2012|
January 25, 2012
While lawmakers finalize a longer bill, the House approved an extension of the Federal Aviation Administration‘s (FAA) funding Tuesday that avoids a shutdown of the beleaguered agency, according to The Hill.
If the extension is approved by the Senate before Jan. 31, the measure will be the 23rd short-term extension of the FAA’s funding since 2007.
The short-term extensions are harmful to the maintenance of the national aviation system, supporters of the FAA funding say, but lawmakers argue that this short-term measure will be the last one.
“If we want to see Americans back to work, we’ll pass this legislation by the 17th of February, and then we’ll come back in the next week or two, and we will pass a long-term infrastructure transportation measure,” the House Transportation Committee Chairman said.
The latest extension is necessary for lawmakers to finalize a deal on a multi-year measure.
The compromise bill would fund the FAA for four years.
Do you think the FAA should receive another extension?